Agnes Pannier-Runacher

All French nuclear reactors to be back on line by the winter

France — Link

In an effort to lessen the energy supply crisis, utilities giant EDF has committed itself to bringing back into service by this coming winter all 32 of its 56 reactors in France that have been shut down for maintenance and repairs, energy transition minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher said on Friday. 

France to order air-conditioned shops to keep doors shut

France — Link

Ecological transition Agnès Pannier-Runacher said there were also plans to restrict the use of illuminated signs.

Corruption case whips up storm for ailing French maritime group Bourbon

France — Investigation

French group Bourbon, a leading player in the field of maritime services and engineering support for the offshore oil and gas extraction industry which employs more than 8,000 people worldwide, is facing dire straits. Weighed down by heavy debts, its holding company was this month placed into receivership, while the group and members of its senior management have been sent for trial on charges of corrupting tax officials in Africa. Meanwhile, French junior minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher, who until joining government last October sat on the Bourbon board and presided over its audit committee, denies any responsibility in the group’s current woes. Antton Rouget reports.